62 LETTERS FROM THE November We dined yesterday at Wilkes's with some of the same party, among whom were Barthelemy and Count Rewitsky, Imperial envoy, and a famous col- lector of rare books, which he has sold to Lord Spencer and some others. At the dessert some- body happened to mention Lord Sandwich, when Rewitsky started up, saying, " Is it the famous Lord Sandwich who had his friend condemned by the House of Lords to be hanged for writing an abominable book ? "l Wilkes stared, and hung his jaw and tongue, as was usual with him in any dilemma, but said nothing. Barthelemy, who knew nothing of the matter, pressed Rewitsky to give an account of it. " It was a horrible work/' said he, " as I am told, for I never read it; it certainly deserved that its author should be punished, for he must have been void of all religion, shame and decency; I am sur- prised Lord Sandwich let him live so long." Soon after, without anything more being said on the subject, the conversation changed; and perhaps Rewitsky will never know that it was his Am- phytnon du jour whom he had been thus repro- bating to his face. i Wilkes's book.